Purchasing a memorial for a loved one can be a difficult, and at times, seemingly overwhelming task, especially if a family is still dealing with the recent loss of a loved one. It is our hope that our "Helpful Articles" will take some of the confusion out of the process, making the purchase of a monument an easier process for you and your family.
One of the first steps that needs to be taken when purchasing a memorial for a loved one is to visit with the staff at the cemetery where your loved one is interned. One of the first things that you will need to determine is what type of memorial they allow. The following are some questions you may want to ask...
- What type of memorials do you allow? (Upright Headstones, Granite Flat Markers, Bronze Flat Markers, etc.)
- What is the minimum or maximum size of tombstones, headstones, adult grave markers, or infant markers allowed, based on the grave spaces that I own?
- Are there any restrictions on granite colors that can be used in making the grave marker or upright headstone?
- Do you need to see and approve a drawing of the tombstone, headstone, granite marker, or bronze marker prior to installation?
- Do you install the memorial?
- If you don't install the memorial do you have a preferred company who does?
- What are your installation and perpetual care fees?
- Are there any forms that need to be filled out prior to installation of my cemetery memorial?
- Do you have a list of rules and regulations that I could have?
- Is there anything else I should be aware of?
We want to note that most cemeteries are congenial and easy to work with. There are those out there however, that tell customers that they will not accept memorials purchased from another retailer. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Cemeteries cannot force you to purchase a memorial from them. If you feel you are being pressured and dealt with unfairly, you may file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau at the following link, http://www.bbb.org/
If you as a customer feel that dealing with the cemetery is more than you want to take on, simply provide us with the cemetery's contact information, and we would be happy to do this for you.